A Medical Examiner's van arrives at a crime scene where Jessica Williams was shot and killed by police in the Bayview District on

SF sees slight rise in homicides in 2016

If fatal crime trends keep steady, San Francisco is set to see homicides rise in 2016 by nearly 7 percent from 2015.

There were 53 homicides in 2015, compared to 57 so far this year.

The latest killings in The City left a woman and man dead after they were shot in the Mission District earlier this month at a homeless encampment.

In all, this year’s killings including stabbings, shootings, several nightclub slayings, the killing of a man playing “Pokemon Go” and a number of other violent incidents.

The year’s killings began Jan. 1, with the beating death of 29-year-old Treves Warren, who was assaulted near Geary Boulevard and Larkin Street.

In February, Rena Mora and Julio Peraza were shot dead atop Twin Peak.

Also that month, Paul Tam, a British citizen visiting The City, was stabbed to death near Cathedral Hill.

Another high-profile killing happened in May, when Marla Zamora, a former deputy public defender, was killed near her Potrero Hill home.

Later that month, 66-year-old Stephen Williams was beaten and then drowned in a Golden Gate Park pond.

In mid-July, Joshua Mejia, a social worker, was shot and killed outside of a nightclub near Geary Boulevard and Polk Street.

In August, San Mateo resident Calvin Riley was shot and killed in Aquatic Park as he played “Pokemon Go” on his cellphone.

The year also included three fatal shootings involving police officers. In early April, Luis Gongora was shot and killed by police in the Mission. Then, in May, Jessica Williams was shot and killed by an officer in the Bayview. In October, Nicholas McWherter shot a police officer, who survived, but McWherter died after being shot by a group of officers.
Still, even with this year’s increased killings, San Francisco remains one of America’s largest cities with relatively few homicides per capita.

Since 2009, The City’s annual homicide number has hovered around 50. In 2009, there were 45 homicides; but in the five years prior, the number was about 100 each year. In 2005, there were 96 homicides, and 100 in 2007. The next year saw nearly as many with 98.

By comparison, in 2015, the Oakland Police Department investigated 93 homicides, according to the Mercury News.

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